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10 Best Places to Holiday in the UK With Your Dog

As Summer rolls in and plans for days out and short breaks begin to take shape, we started to think about some of the amazing places on our doorsteps to visit. We really are very lucky here in the UK, aren’t we?

So, whether you’re looking for a city break or to escape to the country, here are 10 places we think you and your dog should explore together.

Scotland

The scenery alone makes this one of our favourite places in the UK, so it’s no surprise Scotland makes our list twice.

First up we have The Orkney Islands, which were recently named on the list of best places to live in the UK so if you visit, don’t be surprised if you want to stay.


Photo Credit: Robert Orr / The view across John O' Groats harbour to the Orkney Islands

Nicole Strauss loves both the Orkney and Shetland Islands telling us on Facebook, “There are so many wonderful walks to take!”


Photo Credit: Sophia Huda

Photo Credit: The Orkney Cheese Company Ltd, 2011

And we can’t include Scotland in our list of best places to holiday with your dog in the UK without naming Edinburgh.

Dog owners who love city breaks are sure to love this place. We found some fantastic hotels and luxury apartment rentals that welcome dogs and their owners with open arms.

In the case of the latter, we were reliably told that The Old Town Chambers luxury apartments, set in a medieval close off the world-famous Royal Mile, actively encourage guests to bring their dogs along and even provide essentials, such as dog beds and treats.

The city has a tonne of pubs who welcome well-behaved guests (however many legs they have). But pubs aren't the only places where dogs are allowed - hair salons and clothes shops (including White Stuff and Anthropologie, for example), as well as a selection of art centres also welcome dogs.

Photo Credit: Clipp2nd / Edinburgh's infamous Greyfriars Bobby

And for those who like to explore, Arthur's Seat is a must walk for the city's dog owners too, but it's not the only park dogs are welcomed in. Inverleith Park near the Royal Botanic Gardens is noted for its peaceful atmosphere, and nearby Cammo Estate gets the seal the of approvals from local dog owners.


Photo Credit: Duncan c / Arthur's Seat 

Greater Manchester

The best place to live, according to people from Manchester at least, and from the list of pet friendly places we’ve found that welcome dogs you might find it hard to disagree.

So, if you’re looking for a city break with your dog here’s what we think you should know about visiting Manchester.

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The city’s biggest park, Heaton Park, has regular events and Platt Fields Park is another that local dog owners love. The one we find most intriguing is Clifton County Park which has 120 acres, so it's recommended you download a map before visiting.

Whether you holiday in the city’s centre or outskirts, when you’re all walked out we found plenty of places to eat and drink that welcome dogs.


Jorgie Porter on location for K9 Magazine with her dog, Lady

Our favourite on the outskirts in Chorlton is The Horse & Jockey, well and truly dog friendly for dogs of all shapes and sizes. In the city, we like Albert Schloss however small dogs are only welcome before 7pm (so no late nights).

Norfolk & Suffolk

Bordering Lincolnshire, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, Norfolk is one of those places that is a bit of a gem. Packed full of history and rivers, the Norfolk Broads make a great getaway for dog owners looking for a river or coastal town short break.

East Ruston, a village near Norwich has some great dog friendly holiday cottages, Astrid Want tells us.

Photo Credit: Adam Burt / Wells-next-the-Sea

Dawn Rutter told us on Facebook why she highly recommends Wells-next-the-Sea, “They let dogs in the shops and pubs there. They also have a great beach café where they have a dog wash which is free of charge.”


Photo Credit: Dawn Rutter

And if you’re visiting Norfolk, consider crossing the border into Suffolk to take a trip to Lavenham.

After a recent visit with her Pug, Ming Ming, Hollyoaks actress Sarah Jayne Dunn told us it's a place she thinks people should definitely visit.

This Medieval village is incredibly pretty and well preserved with Tudor buildings all around. It's also home to one of the most dog friendly pubs we've visited.

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North Wales

Last month we shared some of the high points of travel writer Paul Wojnicki’s visit with his family and their dog, Falco, to Snowdonia, which has something for everyone.

But beyond the wonders of Snowdonia, Loreto Urbina M tells us that her dog loves a village called Penmachno, which is in Conwy, North Wales, saying, “There are plenty of walks around there and dog friendly pubs. My dog loves it every time we go.”

Nottinghamshire

Recharge your batteries in the heart of Sherwood Forest.

Photo Credit: Lee Haywood

Newstead Abbey is at the heart of one of the county's villages, Ravenshead. Once owned by Lord Byron who loved his dog, Boatswain so much that he erected a statue in the grounds to him when he passed away. Newstead Abbey is also home to a local dog rescue's annual fundraising event, known as Glastonjerry.

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Creswell Crags (also dog friendly) is a few miles away from Sherwood Forest and has a history dating back to the last Ice Age between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago. An easy walk for all ages, it’s a seriously impressive place that’s eerily quiet!

Dorset

Across Dorset, dog owners will find plenty of countryside walks and trails to enjoy.

Photo Credit: Stròlic Furlàn - Davide Gabino

Home of The Jurassic Coast and an area of outstanding natural beauty, Dorset is also home to one of the UK's most dog friendly beaches without restrictions - the Durdle Door.

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Set in the Lulworth Estate, which welcomes dog owners to stay in their luxury dog friendly cottages. Lulworth Cove, pictured above, is particularly recommended for an easier, less steep walk and a favourite for dog owners to explore.

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